ABC:Romans 4

From BibleStrength

Verse 2

The ReasonProject lists the following as a Bible contradiction with the headline "Was Abraham justified by faith or works?"[1] RationalWiki also claims there is a Bible contradiction here.[2] Comments by the critic are italicized.

This is one of the most well-known claims of a contradiction in the Bible, and has been excellently debunked by the Scofield Study Bible III.

As mentioned by the Scofield Study Bible III, Ephesians 2:8-10 is the passage which brings both views together:

In other words, we are saved by faith, not works, it's God's gift not man's doing, lest anyone should boast. However, we are created by Jesus to do good works and it is God's will that we do them. The works themselves do not save, but are the outward evidence to others, and to ourselves, that we have indeed undergone an inward redemptive process of salvation.

True saving faith will ultimately produce good works as the result of a changed heart and a new spirit. Thus if a person shows no interest in doing good works once becoming a Christian, and for years lives without any change, then as James points out, that faith without works is a dead faith and no faith indeed.

Sources

  1. Marlow, Andy (2009). Contradictions in the Bible. Project Reason.
  2. RationalWiki Editors (2019). "Biblical Contradictions." RationalWiki.
  3. Scofield, Cyrus I. (2003). The Scofield Study Bible III. pg. 1625. Oxford University Press.